Groups plan protest at NFL HQ for players' 'right to kneel'

Pauline Gross
May 25, 2018

President Trump's comments Thursday that NFLers who don't stand for the national anthem "maybe ... shouldn't be in the country" drew sharp retorts from a couple of players - while, on a wider level, reaction began drifting in Friday about how the league will grapple with its new mandate on the kneeling controversy. I was kind of liking the way it was going, but now it's kind of taken out of the control from the coach and the players in the locker room to a certain extent.

"You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem or you shouldn't be playing", Trump said.

"He's an idiot, plain and simple, " Baldwin responded.

"It is what it is. It's not very empathetic, it's not very American-like". "It's not what this country was founded upon. It's kind of ironic to me the President of the United States is contradicting what our country is really built on". Each club may develop its own work rules, consistent with the above principles, regarding its personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem. "We have freedom of speech, right?" So if somebody protests something, now we get someone kicked out of the country? "That's not how things should work". And again saying that we would be coming to an amicable relationship in working towards the thing that we wanted to see and I felt personally in doing so you would see the demonstrations subside and this conversation subside as it pertains to the NFL. When they do wrong things, I'm going to let them know they're doing wrong things. "That's absurd, in my opinion". That decision has led to reaction from everyone ranging from players to fans to even the White House, which as Carroll noted, only further illustrates the level of division not just among football fans but in the country as a whole. "Glad to see the National Football League take steps in the right direction." she said at the top of her retweet of the Vice-President saying "#hashtag "winning" " with an American flag emoji. "In time we will figure it out".

"Pretty much, " Wilson said. There's Kaepernick, Eric something or other, I think a guy on the Chiefs, maybe some Eagles, that one guy and definitely no Patriots. It seems that way.

"I'm sure our players will have a chance to digest it all, and we'll come up with what we as a team feel is right", Payton said after the team's third day of organized team activities. His reason, he said later, was to protest what he deemed to be the mistreatment of blacks by police.

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"That's just another topic to get everybody against each other", he said, according to ESPN. "I ardently believe in standing for our flag, and I am not scared of an audience in front of me or behind the camera", McCain tweeted to her followers. "From my understanding, it's questionable if a team or the National Football League could legally fine a player for protesting".

Why, then, should they be confronted by a lack of respect for the flag and the national anthem by players who make more in a year than they will in 10 and for causes they don't believe in? I think we're getting distracted a little bit about what that means. That's what we're really there to do. "I think they should have, right, but I guess they don't look at us like that, to have a say-so or input in this policy".

"When the league makes a policy, the league makes a policy", coach Dirk Koetter said Thursday. "I'm really not too anxious about it". He said he had mixed emotions when he saw the new rule announced Wednesday, but he doesn't agree with it.

Last season I had written in a post that the players protest was well intended, but misdirected at the flag, risking being misconstrued, misrepresented and hijacked by the likes of Trump, and that's what has happened.

"I think that's the difference between patriotism and nationalism".

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